Do you remember that very good friend of yours whom you used to hang out with, whom you trusted the most and whom you loved the most. Then slowly their interests changed. They started hanging out with other people. They stopped calling you, texting you and doing other fun things with you. Finally it came to a point where if you needed to talk, you had to call them or go see them. And then their phone number and email address changed, but they didn’t notify you. And so you lost complete contact with them.
They didn’t reject you on purpose. They didn’t say anything bad. But what happened? Their interests changed. They found interest in many new things and friends besides you. Do you remember the pain that you felt and the hurt it cost you? That’s the same that God feels when we slide away from him. What’s the reality there? Did you reject God? No you didn’t. Did you think being close to God was useless? No you didn’t. Then what happened? Could it be your friends, your job, your wealth, your family? Did you give more importance to all of these than to God? The times you used to spend with God reduced and that became the time you spent thinking about everything else. Well, we didn’t do it on purpose, but it just happened. And most of the time you don’t realize it. But sometimes, you do realize the difference but when we look at it, it seems more than impossible to change.
So what’s first in your life? Is it God or something else? Think about it. If you’re finding it hard or you don’t know where to start, try this: Make a list of all the things you spend quite a bit of your time, energy, and money on. What are the things that has slowly drawn your heart away from God? And then admit it to God, and ask forgiveness.
Basically you are friends again. And think about some things you would do with someone whom you want to get to know better. Some of the things I would do is to spend more time talking and calling them. Likewise, get a fresh start with God like you are two people who just met and want to get to know each other better. Take it day by day. Try to evaluate yourself quite often just to make sure you are giving God the place he deserves in your life.